Campaigner calls for action on gender inequality in business

07-07-2008

Campaigner calls for action on gender inequality in business
Action must be taken to deal with the lack of women in business, the founder of everywoman has said.

Commenting on the recent criticism of the government's new Equalities Bill, Karen Gill noted that there is still a significant disparity between male and female pay and a "massive under-representation" of women in senior business positions.

She suggested that those campaigning on the issue need to make businesses see the benefits of a diverse workforce that more accurately reflects their client base.

Ms Gill also stated that for women, flexibility is often a key concern, but suggested that this is often not addressed by employers who like to retain traditional working practices.

"I hope that this culture will start to break down because there is still a culture of long hours and confrontational and aggressive behaviour in the boardroom and women are locked out of it," she said.

Equalities minister Harriet Harman announced the new bill last month, when she set out plans to allow firms to discriminate in favour of female or ethnic minority candidates.

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